A proposed condominium midrise in Houston’s Museum District will feature a Japanese-style Zen garden and an infinity lap pool in some units.
Oxberry Group is planning to build The Mondrian at the Museums, an eight-story, 20-unit condominium project at 5104 Caroline St., on site of the former The John C. Freeman Weather Museum. The 13,000-square-foot plot — located on the southwest corner of Caroline and Palm streets — is near the Asia Society Texas Center on Southmore Boulevard. The Houston developer worked with local architects Carl Knutson of Perkins + Will and Erick Ragni of Mayfield and Ragni Studio to design the glass, concrete and steel condo project. The development team conducted extensive research to determine what prospective buyers wanted in their condos, said Shahin "Sean" Jamea, who is a co-principal of Oxberry Group along with his brother PJ Jamea. Featured Jobs Audience Development Account Executive Houston Business Journal Advertising Consultant Houston Business Journal County Auditor County of Kaua'i Post a Job See More Jobs
Each L-shaped unit inside The Mondrian will have a two-story area with expansive, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a wall to accommodate art pieces.
“A lot of our buyers are empty nesters who have accumulated a large number of paintings,” Sean Jamea said. “When they downsize, there’s usually nowhere for them to hang them. With our double-story design, we provide a beautiful place to display art.”
The Mondrian will offer two 4,400-square-foot penthouse units, which will feature a small infinity lap pool on the patio and an interior courtyard with a Japanese-style Zen garden. Accessible off the master bathroom, the zen garden will have a water feature and a calm dry spa environment, Jamea said.
The three- and four-bedroom units, which average about 3,000-square-feet, will start at $1.25 million. The outdoor terraces will have expansive views overlooking the Museum District as well as access to two floors of garage parking, including one underground. Tenants also have the option to include direct elevator access on some floor plans.
Aside from a 24-hour concierge service that can collect packages and deliver dry cleaning, The Mondrian won’t feature many common-area amenities, like a resort-style pool and barbecue area.